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Parks & nature in Kingston upon Thames

Park
“The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830's. First opened to the public in 1953, it is best known for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and at their peak of flower in late April and early May. Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920's by the plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs which provide interest all year round. Part of the parklands conservation designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run on organic principles. Native plants commonly grow alongside exotics throughout the Plantation. Perimeter and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and insects. The Plantation's ponds and stream provide additional habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.”
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Park
“A nice relaxing park on the riverside. Has a lovely riverside pub too. Great for long walks or a morning jog!”
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Pub
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“Lovely pub with restaurant, bar food, relaxing seating area, garden. Great for Sunday lunches with friends and family. A little bit off the beaten track, in the backstreets of Kingston - we can tell you how to get there :)”
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River
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“If you like authentic Thai food then this is THE place to eat with great views of the river and great service.”
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Park
“Ham Common connects with Ham Avenues and Ham Common Woods and is designated as a Local Nature Reserve.”
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Park
“Local football clubs play here in season and it's 3 minutes' walk from the town centre - easy access if you want some peace and quiet after a big shop. ”
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